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The Zeigarnik effect

This is the tendency to have “intrusive thoughts” about a task that we once started but didn’t finish. 

It is in our human nature to finish off things that we start and we often hate having to leave a project unfinished. 

Some people are very good at maintaining a detachment between their work and their outside life. For others (especially those indoctrinated in ‘life hacks’ and productivity tips), the guilt to be constantly doing something can be a real energy sucker.

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Creativity is not something we “do”.  We cannot force ourselves or grind out a completely new creative idea for a blog post or essay.

Step back and evaluate the day-to-day tasks which are the most important to you. 

Productivity guilt is a mindset of feeling bad about not creating, achieving or working hard.

Busy-ness (or business) is a state of doing what you are told to do, having tasks piled on top of you and running around frantically trying to balance them all. 

Before comparing yourself to that guy over there, realize what he’s sacrificing.

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